Posted: May 10, 2012 8:09 AM
Updated: May 10, 2012 8:16 AM
TUCSON - Homeland Security released information this morning that two Border Patrol canine teams have made significant discoveries in the past 48 hours, leading to simultaneous cocaine and marijuana seizures.
Nogales Station agents working at the I-19 checkpoint on Tuesday arrested an individual attempting to smuggle cocaine after a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle as it entered the primary inspection lanes.
The driver and vehicle were moved to a secondary inspection where agents discovered multiple bricks of cocaine worth approximately $625,000.
While that was going on, Wilcox Station agents working at the State Highway 191 checkpoint made a similar find when a canine unit found approximately 100 pounds of marijuana hidden in a vehicle.
Following the driver's arrest, the narcotics were valued at about $50,000, and the vehicle was seized for evidence.
Both smugglers face possible federal prosecution.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.
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